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Column: Trump, Biden spar on virus, healthcare and more

Lindsey Ulrey

The final presidential debate was more orderly and informative than the previous one. Trump and Biden began the debate talking about their plans to respond to the coronavirus. “I say we’re learning to live with it. We have no choice. We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does,” Trump said. Biden responded by saying, “You folks home who have an empty chair at the kitchen table this morning, that man and wife going to bed and reaching over to try to touch out of habit where their wife or husband was is gone. Learning to live with it? Come on. We’re dying with it.” We all know that Trump and Biden have vastly different ideas on how to respond to COVID-19. The first debate focused a lot on COVID-19, and the final presidential debate summed up what was said in the first debate.

To the dismay of many progressive voters Biden made it clear that he does not oppose fracking. “He’s a very confused guy. He thinks he’s running against somebody else. He’s running against Joe Biden. I beat all those other people because I disagreed with them. Joe Biden, he’s running against,” Biden said, referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders and other more progressive Democrats who ran in the primaries on platforms including the Green New Deal and government-run health care that would eventually do away with private options.

Trump has continuously sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act but has failed to do so. Biden laid out his plan in simple terms: “What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option.” This would allow more people to receive government insurance if desired. He also promised to “reduce the premiums and reduce drug prices by making sure that there’s competition that doesn’t exist now by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with the insurance companies.” Biden also made it a point to say, “I think health care is not a privilege, it’s a right.”

Kristen Welker, the second Black woman to moderate a presidential debate, asked the candidates whether they could understand why Black parents fear for their children’s safety and worry about their encounters with the police. Biden said that he had never needed to talk to his children about how to act when around police. Biden also said, “The fact of the matter is, there is institutional racism in America.” Trump responded by attacking Biden for supporting the 1994 Crime Bill. He then ended the topic by calling himself the least racist person in the room. A lot of Trump’s statements during the debate were not only problematic but also inherently flawed.


Lindsey Ulrey is a freshman political science major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]

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Column: Trump, Biden spar on virus, healthcare and more